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Black & Decker VEC026BD Electromate 400 Jump-Starter with Built-In Air Compressor

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews) 8 answered questions

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  • 450 amps instantly jump-starts without the need of another vehicle
  • Built-in ultra-bright LED work light for emergency roadside assistance
  • Exclusive built-in 120 volt AC charger for use with ordinary household extension cord for recharging
  • Reverse hook-up warning alarm to prevent damage to vehicle or electronics
  • One year warranty

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 8 x 12 inches ; 25 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 25 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000EJS9IM
  • Item model number: VEC026BD
  • Batteries 1 12V batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,321 in Automotive (See Top 100 in Automotive)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Safety Warning
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, user must read and understand instruction manual.

Product Description

The Black & Decker Electromate 400 Portable Power Station/Jump-Starter/Compressor has 450 instant amps to start your car in the unlikely event that your battery goes dead. You can never count on finding someone to jump-start your car, even if you have a set of jumper cables. The Power Station/Jump-Starter/Compressor will alleviate this problem by giving you the power you need to do it yourself.

Black & Decker's Electromate 400 is a powerful and compact tool to restart your vehicle. View larger.

The Electromate 400 comes equipped with an air compressor.

Power small appliances with the 120V AC and 12V DC outlets.
Ideal for Roadside Emergencies
When your car loses power, the Electromate 400 has enough power to both jump-start your vehicle and run emergency appliances such as portable lights, radios, cell phones, and small tools. The Electromate 400 is also ideal for non-emergency situations like tailgating parties, camping, power outages, and any other situation where no wall outlet is available. It comes equipped with one 120V AC power outlet and one 12V DC outlet, allowing you to charge and operate more than one appliance at once.

Inflates Tires, Sports Equipment, and More
There's also a built-in air compressor that allows you to inflate bicycle tires, sports equipment, and pool toys, but this compressor is also powerful enough to pump up the tires on your vehicle.

Other Features
The Electromate 400 also comes equipped with a built-in, ultra-bright LED work light for emergency roadside assistance and an exclusive, built-in 120-volt AC charger that plugs into any household outlet. Other features include a keyless on/off power safety switch, reverse hook-up warning alarm in case the jump-start cables are attached to the wrong terminals, vehicle alternator voltage check, and LED battery status indicator.

This unit recharges easily from any household AC outlet or DC automobile cigarette-plug style outlet, so that it will be ready the next time you need it.

Black & Decker offers a full 2-year warranty.

What's in the box
The Electromate 400 unit, a 12 volt charger, heavy-duty cables and clamps, and an adapter nozzle set.

Product Description

Black & Decker Electromate 400 AC/DC Portable Power Station Jump-Starter with Built-In Air Compressor is a portable power station. This Electromate 400 has 450 instant amps to start the car in the unlikely event that the battery goes dead. It comes equipped with a built-in, ultra-bright LED work light for emergency roadside assistance. This Electromate 400 plugs into any household outlet with the built-in 120-volt AC charger. It features a keyless on and off power safety switch, reverse hook-up warning alarm, vehicle alternator voltage check as well as an LED battery status indicator. It also comes equipped with one 120V AC power outlet, and one 12V DC power outlet.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1,031 of 1,055 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of misconceptions regarding these products. April 14, 2008
I just wanted to clear up some common misconceptions regarding these jump-start/inverter/inflator products. I personally own 3 different types from 400 watts to 1500 watts and have done tons of research on them. I guess you could call it an unusual hobby I have. I blame the manufacturers for over hyping these units or just choosing not to inform consumers of their limitations.

THESE UNITS ARE NOT AS POWERFUL AS YOU THINK! Most people seem to be very disappointed by the amount of "juice" these put out.

--FRESHLY CHARGED this item will probably run a small TV/DVD combo continuously for around 2.5 hours. That's it. Also, you can't run a coffee maker, hair drier, microwave, refrigerator or heavy duty power tool off this. It's just not designed for that kind of use. Buy this to run a small TV, fan or laptop for a few hours, or to charge your cell phone. That's all it's designed for.

--You probably won't be able to jump start an 8 cylinder engine with this especially if it's an older car or has a totally dead battery. These units are mostly for 4 and 6 cylinder engines. They just don't have large enough batteries in them to turn over a big V-8.

--The air compressor is little more than a toy. All of these units have tiny, noisy compressors in them that will take 20 to 30 minutes to inflate a single full size 16" tire that is totally flat. And you will completely kill the battery just doing one tire like that. Plus you may damage the compressor by running it that long continuously because they heat up so much during use. You're better off taking your tire to a gas station!

THE UNIT WILL SELF-DISCHARGE JUST BY SITTING IN YOUR CAR! It will lose about 10 - 20% of it's charge PER MONTH. The hotter it is outside the faster it will self-discharge.
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121 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Electromate 400 November 10, 2006
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I just purchased the electromate 400 a few days ago ....I charged it overnight then tested it on a few things. Obviously it will jump start a car since it is basically built around a car battery.

It ran my large box fan just fine. Also worked great when I plugged lamps into it.

I tried using it to brew coffee using my Mr.Coffee but apparently the amps being drawn by the water heating and also heating the hotplate under the pot was too much for it and it would just shut down after a few seconds every time I tried it. Too bad ! I suspect if you have a newer coffee maker with the insulated pot and no heated hotplate you might do just fine.

One thing I could not find much info on before I purchased it was just how long will it power ordinary household items during a power outage ?

To test this...with the electromate fully charged, I plugged a 13" color tv with a built in DVD player into the electromate, put a DVD movie in...and checked the clock. It kept the TV powered and the movie playing for just a few minutes under 3 hours. Not bad. This is a well built unit...seems very sturdy...but is a bit heavy so don't plan on taking it backpacking. I'd recommend it highly to anyone looking for a way to keep some of the small conveniences going during a power outage.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed June 2, 2007
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Bought this for jumping off my second vehicle which oftens goes several weeks without being driven and for powering small devices when camping. Worked fine for jumping off the vehicle; however, used the unit to power an electrically powered air mattress inflator and it did fine. Went to plug in the small fan and nothing. For whatever reason, the electrical outlets do not work now. Tried everything.

Follow up:
Just received my second unit. Charged it 24 hours. Plugged in regular size box fan and the unit's electrical outlet status light starts blinking green and shuts down after less than 2 minutes. Plugged in a small desk top fan and the same thing. Even plugged just my answering machine in and the same thing. Black and Decker must have issued a bad batch since most other reviews are positive.

Amazon has been truly amazing. They shipped the replacement model which I received three business days after filing for a return and even had UPS pick up the original one.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jump starter August 10, 2006
By Ducky
Perhaps too heavy to carry in your car all the time, but I did take it on vacation, and sure enough, I left a dome light on long enough to kill my battery. This had plenty enough power to get my car started. The 120 volt was used to power a trouble light at home, on a rewiring project. It sure beat trying to work with a flashlight. I have not tried the inflator. I bought this with some camping use in mind, but haven't got to go camping yet.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It...I have found many uses for this unit! January 5, 2009
By B. Boyd
While this may not be the most powerful backup power unit and it is a bit heavy (but a cool and practical design) I have found so many uses for it and well worth the $100 I paid for it. I'm kind of a tool girl and buy stuff even though I don't think I will need it. I was so wrong with this one.

I purchased my original unit in AUG, 2007. I immediately took it on a dry camping trip just cuz it was a group trip and we all like to show off our stuff. I won! On that trip, I was able to air up my mattress and keep a florescent drop light on for one of the party nights then recharged it off of a friend's portable generators.

I do craft shows and like to take samples. I was able to run a large crock pot with this unit, keeping my chili warm for hours, turning it on and off through the period of time I expected to need it and the chili remained at a "food safe" temperature.

At a most inconvenient time, the battery in my 1999 5 Liter V8 Ford Explorer died and I used this unit it to jump my truck several times a day for 3-4 day without recharging.

I have used it to top off my tire when I had a slow leak and needed to hold over until I could get it fixed. (Pretty large tires)

Most recently when Hurricane Ike was coming in during the early AM hours, I knew my power was going down. I fulled charged the unit and plugged the wireless router and modem into it so I could watch the live broadcast of the storm coming on shore on the laptop. It held over until almost daylight and I felt like striking up the generator.

I do chili cook-offs and have one of those blowup nylon/poly decor things like folks put in their yards at Christmas, a little smaller though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This unit is dependable & will keep you from being stranded but don't...
This is my second one. The first one was stolen. I used it to start 6 and 8 cylinder cars and trucks with no problems. This includes a Corvette and Mustang GT with dead batteries. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CARL
1.0 out of 5 stars Mine's Junk!
And I didn't find out until I went to use it long after I bought it........... my bad! I made the mistake of relying on the Black and Decker name and just assumed it would be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John B
5.0 out of 5 stars Emergency needs
Brought this item through Amazon. I was not disappointed in the product.I've had it for better than a year now, no problems. Works as great. Good to have item for emergency.
Published 5 months ago by Ron808
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it.
It had a lot of great features, but it only lasted a couple of years before the battery went dead. It was out of warranty and the cost of repairs were higher than what it was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Magnate
1.0 out of 5 stars avoid
these things never work I have owned more than one of these and they quit working soon after you get them
Published 8 months ago by Don Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Great!
Works great! does everything! I use this to start my cam inflate tires, all emergencies...! very reliable and god quality
Published 11 months ago by Oca
1.0 out of 5 stars battery started a fire in my house! beware
had this thing less than 2 months jumped my car successfully once, but then i had brought in inside to charge the battery because the instructions say to do this after using it and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by jj
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
I love gives me a peace of mind to have it in the car.,,,just to know I have air and a jump if I need it.
Published 13 months ago by Joanne Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Had mine for 8 years
I have had one of these Black and Decker Electromate 400 for 8 years and I love mine. I use it for blowing up tires and charging batteries all the time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I bought the PowerMate about five years ago. I charged it religiously once a month using AC power. When I went to charge it last month, I charged it overnight and all I got was a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Greg
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